We saluted former Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer for his heroism in Afghanistan, boldly charging into a kill zone not once but five times to rescue his threatened and fallen friends and allies. You might have thought you’d learned all you needed to know about the man right there and then.
But you’d be mistaken:
A moving article in the AP on how the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines are spending their youth:
The dominant narrative about war in a foreign land says its practitioners yearn for home, for the families, the comforts, and the luxury of no longer worrying about imminent death or injury. It applies to young American [...]
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009. Corporal Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members [...]
Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer – soon to be awarded the Medal of Honor – was an irreverent, football playing farm boy who, by his own admission, was “not the model student.” He joined the Marine Corps at age 17 on three hours thought, volunteering for the infantry.
Thirty-six Marines and Afghan soldiers owe their [...]
Forward deployed members of Our Beloved Corps have received new instructions on how not to offend our boy-raping, women-flogging, animal-shagging allies in Afghanistan:
(Here’s) the news: audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange because it offends the Afghans.
I know there are many things in the Afghan culture that don’t seem normal [...]
After years of claiming that they didn’t need an special operations forces because “all Marines are elite” (especially force recon), Our Beloved Corps is getting on the SOF train:
The Marines long resisted the idea of carving out an elite unit from their “first to fight” force, but they finally stood up a special [...]
In back-channel conversations, some of my correspondents have noted that nearly all of those who have been awarded the MOH in our current campaigns overseas have been those who personally sacrificed themselves to protect their comrades. Roll over on a grenade, earn the MOH. Throw a grenade back and lose your hand, earn the [...]
It wasn’t easy bringing security to Sangin, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines endured great hardships, took heavy casualties and had to improvise new tactics on the fly:
On Oct. 13, the day 3/5 took control of Sangin, the first Marine patrol to leave the wire came under fire 150 feet [...]
Intrepid Marine pilots in Afghanistan are enthusiastic users of Apple’s iPad, according to this Marines.mil post:
“There are hundreds of thousands of buildings in the area of operation. Essentially there is no room to carry all of the maps in the small cockpit of the Cobra. It can be a real inconvenience to pull [...]
More info is leaking out about the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission executed in Libya last month:
As that back door opened, I see a group of young Marine recon units jump out, and that was probably the best feeling I’ve ever felt in my entire life,’ Major Harney said on [...]